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2009 in Bangladesh


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List of years in Bangladesh

2009 (MMIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2009th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 9th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2000s decade.

The year 2009 was the 38th year after the independence of Bangladesh. It was also the first year of the second term of the government of Sheikh Hasina.


Zillur Rahman
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina


Demographic Indicators for Bangladesh in 2009[1]
Population, total 145,924,795
Population density (per km2) 1121.0
Population growth (annual %) 1.1%
Male to Female Ratio (every 100 Female) 103.7
Urban population (% of total) 29.7%
Birth rate, crude (per 1,000 people) 21.6
Death rate, crude (per 1,000 people) 5.8
Mortality rate, under 5 (per 1,000 live births) 52
Life expectancy at birth, total (years) 69.5
Fertility rate, total (births per woman) 2.4


Climate data for Bangladesh in 2009
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 20.2
Average precipitation mm (inches) 1.1
Source: Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of University of East Anglia (UEA)[2]


Key Economic Indicators for Bangladesh in 2009[1]
National Income
Current US$ Current BDT % of GDP
GDP $102.5 billion BDT7.1 trillion
GDP growth (annual %) 5.0%
GDP per capita $702.3 BDT48,317
Agriculture, value added $17.5 billion BDT1.2 trillion 17.1%
Industry, value added $25.9 billion BDT1.8 trillion 25.3%
Services, etc., value added $54.6 billion BDT3.8 trillion 53.3%
Balance of Payment
Current US$ Current BDT % of GDP
Current account balance $3.6 billion 3.5%
Imports of goods and services $23.1 billion BDT1.6 trillion 23.2%
Exports of goods and services $17,047.5 million BDT1.2 trillion 16.9%
Foreign direct investment, net inflows $901.3 million 0.9%
Personal remittances, received $10,520.7 million 10.3%
Total reserves (includes gold) at year end $10,341.5 million
Total reserves in months of imports 5.1

Note: For the year 2009 average official exchange rate for BDT was 69.04 per US$.


14.5 ADMG Cannon of Bangladesh Army positioned over Satmasjid Road, near Dhanmondi 8A road, pointing towards Pilkhana on 25 February 2009.
Fire at Bashundhara city shopping mall on 13 March 2009.
  • 19 February - ML Happy sunk near Barisal City.[3] At least 39 people died in the sinking.[4]
  • 25 February – Mutiny staged by Bangladesh Rifles, a paramilitary force at BDR HQ, Pilkhana, Dhaka.[5] The rebelling BDR soldiers took over the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana, killing the BDR Director-General Shakil Ahmed along with 56 other army officers and 17 civilians. They also fired on civilians, held many of their officers and their families hostage, vandalised property and looted valuables. By the second day, unrest had spread to 12 other towns and cities.[6][7] The mutiny ended as the mutineers surrendered their arms and released the hostages[8] after a series of discussions and negotiations with the government.[9]
  • 13 March – A fire at Bashundhara City shopping mall kills 7 and injures 50 more.[10] The blaze started around 1:30 pm, after Friday prayers, on one of the top floors.[11] Most of the offices were empty, as Friday is the first day of the weekend in Bangladesh. A security guard died as he jumped off the top of the building to escape the fire. Seventeen others were injured. The chief security officer of the building was rescued from the roof top by a Bangladesh Air Force Bell-212 helicopter.[12]
  • 17 April - Police arrest 31 suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir members for planning terrorism.[13]
  • 25 May – Cyclone Aila ravages the south-west coast.[14]
  • 27 November - A ferry named MV Coco-4 sunk near Bhola Island, killing 75 people, out of more than a thousand on board, with several dozen more reported missing.[15]
  • 4 December - Another ferry sunk in Daira river located in Mithamain Upazila, Kishoreganj District killing at least 47 people.[16]

Awards and recognitions

International recognition

Independence Day Award

Recipients Area Note
Abdul Gaffar Choudhury literature
Abdul Matin culture
Professor A M Harun-or Rashid science and technology
Ivy Rahman social welfare posthumous

Ekushey Padak

  1. Burhanuddin Khan Jahangir (education)
  2. Syed Anwar Husain (research)
  3. Mahbub Ul Alam Choudhury (language movement)
  4. Ashraf Uz Zaman Khan (journalism)
  5. Begum Bilkis Nasir Uddin (journalism)
  6. Manik Chandra Saha (journalism)
  7. Humayun Kabir Balu (journalism)
  8. Selina Hossain (literature)
  9. Shamsuzzaman Khan (research)
  10. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad (poverty reduction)
  11. Mohammad Rafi Khan (social service)
  12. Monsur Ul Karim (fine arts)
  13. Ramendu Majumdar (theatre)


Shakib in the 3rd and the final ODI against Zimbabwe in January 2009
    • The Bangladesh cricket team started the year with on-going test series against Sri Lanka. They lost their first test match of the year.
    • After the test series, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe joined host Bangladesh in a Tri-Series. Bangladesh became runner-up while Sri Lanka became Champion. Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh was judged the Player of the Series.
    • The Bangladesh cricket team toured the West Indies during the 2009 international season, from 3 July 2009 to 2 August 2009. The tour consisted of a two-Test series, a three-ODI series, and one Twenty20 International. Due to industrial action between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players' Association, the West Indies fielded a weak team which was missing its entire First XI during the series.[20] Bangladesh easily accounted for the weakened West Indian team, winning the Test series 2–0 and the ODI series 3–0. In the Test series, Bangladesh recorded only its second and third Test wins ever, its first and second Test wins as the touring side, its first series win as the touring side, and its first Test series whitewash. In the ODI series, it was also Bangladesh's first series win as the touring side against a Test nation, and its first series whitewash against a Test nation. The West Indies won the Twenty20 match.
    • Later, the Bangladesh cricket team toured Zimbabwe. They played five One Day Internationals against Zimbabwe and won the series 4-1.
    • The Zimbabwe Cricket Team again toured Bangladesh from 27 October to 5 November. The tour consisted of 5 ODIs.[21] Bangladesh won the series 4-1.


See also


  1. ^ a b "World Development Indicators". The World Bank. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Climate Change Knowledge Portal". The World Bank Group. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Ferry sinks in south Bangladesh". BBC News. 19 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Death toll rises to 39 in Bangladesh ferry accident". Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 22 February 2009. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  5. ^ Mark Dummett (26 February 2009). "Bangladesh becomes battle zone". BBC News.
  6. ^ বিডিআর জওয়ানদের বিদ্রোহ নিহতের সংখ্যা ১৫ বলে দাবি * মহাপরিচালক শাকিল বেঁচে নেই * জিম্মি কর্মকর্তাদের পরিণতি অজানা [BDR jawans claim rebellion death toll to 3 * Director General Shakil does not survive * hostage officials unknown]. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 26 February 2009. p. 1. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh guard mutiny 'spreads'". BBC News. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Bangladesh guard mutiny 'is over'". BBC News. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  9. ^ অবশেষে আত্মসমর্পণ. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 27 February 2009.
  10. ^ Hossain, Farid (13 March 2009). "Fire at Bangladesh's Largest Mall Kills 7". ABC News. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  11. ^ "Bashundhara City turns towering inferno". 13 March 2009.
  12. ^ "Fire hits Dhaka shopping center". BBC News. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  13. ^ "Bangladesh arrests 31 alleged militants". The Sydney Morning Herald. AFP. 18 April 2009.
  14. ^ "Death toll rises to 180 from Cyclone Aila". United Press International. 27 May 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  15. ^ "Capsized Bangladesh ferry death toll rises to 75". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  16. ^ "47 die as boat sinks after hitting launch: 8 missing in the accident in Daira river in Kishoreganj". The Daily Star.
  17. ^ "Syeda Rizwana Hasan". Goldman Environmental Prize. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  18. ^ "President Obama Names Medal of Freedom Recipients" Archived 15 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine, White House Office of the Press Secretary, 30 July 2009
  19. ^ "President Obama Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients". 12 August 2009 – via National Archives.
  20. ^ "Australia relief at West Indies players strike resolution". The Telegraph. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  21. ^ Fixtures and Results
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